Welcome back Pop-Stylers for a new addition of #MusicCrushMonday. I dedicate this week’s pick to a young artist who left us too soon in 2011. She sported a distinct look with an even more distinct sound. Today would have been Amy Winehouse’s 32nd birthday. So in honor of her life and the impact of her music my #MusicCrushMonday goes to her.
Amy Winehouse came into our musical live in 2006 when she released a classic album entitled “Back to Black.” This album brought us the easy musicality of smooth jazz, the visions of dark smoking rooms in underground lounges, with the sound of as classic of the Donnie Hathaway Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Curtis Mayfield. Amy brought us soul with her music- Soul that came straight from the heart and was distinctly connected to an era where “music was music.” This was quite honestly a huge feat for her because she was from across the pond (England) so to convey that era of American music in her voice and lyrics captured the mainstream audience. It also didn’t hurt that she was vetted by Jay-Z and Nas.
One of my favorite tracks from this album is “You Know Im No Good.” (See below) This song just seems to speak honestly about how easy it is to fall to your own devises…. how easy it is to make mistakes that continue to haunt you. Actually, most of Amy’s songs speak honestly from the heart… like she’s telling a story in every single word from the lyrics….. a story that she in fact has experienced and remembers quite vividly. Maybe this led to her tragic end in 2011…. the soulful singer was both here and gone before her time. Regardless of how she left us physically, she wont leave us musically because of the #earworm she has bore into our ears. Thank you Amy for your music. R.I.P.
~Ashlee Dawne #PopStyle
“You Know Im No Good” (Live in London 2010)